1, 2, 3, Buzz!


Count around a circle replacing certain numbers with the word "buzz".

How Do I Play It?

Start in a Drama circle.

Start off by counting out loud around the circle to get familiar with the counting movement.

The teacher then calls out a change. For example, replacing numbers in the 5 times table with "buzz" instead of the actual number. Like so:

1, 2, 3, 4, "buzz", 6, 7, 8, 9, "buzz"

If the group is able, another change can be added. For example, replacing numbers in the 3 times table with the word "flop". In this instance the number 15 would be announced with a "buzz flop"


Use an action instead of a sound, such as a clap, or a nod.

Small Groups, Whole Group
Medium (5 - 10 mins)
Concentration, Teamwork
Games could be a beginning starter, an introducing step during a workshop or as an end plenary. They are a platform for further development and are never meant to be the whole session on their own.

The nature of drama games is that they are shared, adapted and extended. The original author is not so important as the shared practice. You’ll find games on the site that you’ve seen before, called something different or that you even use in your own teaching toolkit.

We hope that among the known games are ideas of how to refresh old ones as well as new games to use.